Investigators report, Hryb have been arrested in the Russian city of Yartsevo. Officer Alexander Bespalov, one of those who allegedly detained Hryb, claims he had arrested the young Ukrainian who "looked suspicious" at a platform of Yartsevo railway station.
However, Pavlo Hryb denied the information from the Russian officer. He claimed he had never been to Yartsevo and was kidnapped by the FSB officers on Aug. 24, 2017 in Gomel (Belarus).
Hryb said that after a meeting with Russian woman Tatyana Yershova, whom he met on social networks, FSB officers abducted him from the bus station in Gomel. He added that he remembered the kidnappers well and could easily identify them.
"After our meeting [with Yershova] I went to the bus station to return to Ukraine, but I was stopped by the unknown people. There were five of them. They looked like ordinary people, wore jeans and black jackets. A hood was pulled over my head, I was taken to the forest in a minibus," said Hryb.
He also mentioned that he had been heavily beaten and tortured before interrogated by the investigation officer.
"They beat me on the legs and in the stomach, filmed it on camera. They also took away my ID and return ticket," said Hryb.
As reported earlier, Aug. 24, 2017, Pavlo Hryb, aged 19, left for Belorussian city Gomel to see a girl he met on social media, without knowing her personally, his father told. The girl was supposed to come from Russia. Pavlo was to return home on the same day, but he didn't. His father went to search for his son in Gomel the next day, and found out that Pavlo was on the wanted list by the Russian FSB for an alleged terrorist attack.